Russia aiming for '09 ProTour berth

Russia's desire to host a round of the ProTour public knowledge for some time, but the nation is moving closer to achieving that goal. Over coming weeks representatives from the UCI will travel to Russia to evaluate its suitability for a round of the sport's top series.

Russian Cycling Federation president Alexander Gusyatnikov has signalled that he wants the nation on the ProTour calendar as soon as next year. Gusyatnikov has big hopes for the sport in his homeland, signalling that he wants to build a Tour of Russia that would be as prestigious as the three Grand Tours – Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España.

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